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5 Things: Mangoes

As Winter drags on, I have found that eating the tropical fruit mango picks up my spirits and reminds me of warmer times. Aside from providing a little psychological mood boost, I was happy to learn that mangoes are nutritionally beneficial as well. Here's a list of five things about mangoes that you might want to know.

  1. There are six common varieties of mangoes and since they have overlapping seasons they are available all year round.
  2. Half a mango is considered one serving of fruit. It is recommended that adults eat at least 2 servings of fruit a day, so if you eat the entire mango you are covered.
  3. Mangoes are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, the antioxidant that gives the fruit its yellow orange color.
  4. When it comes to finding a ripe mango, don’t judge the fruit by its color. A ripe mango, regardless of shade, will give a little bit when squeezed. You can leave a firm mango in the window for a couple of days to ripen.
  5. A cup of mango contains three grams of fiber. That's 10 percent of your recommended daily intake of fiber.

I like to eat mango by itself or on my morning oatmeal. Tell me how you enjoy eating mangoes in the comment section below.


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